Surprise Proposal on our very own Seven Mile Beach | Andrew on bended knee asks for Ladye to marry him!

Pulling off a surprise proposal is a mission itself… now add the fact that you have to fly in to the Cayman Islands and make those arrangements from overseas is a different story. Andrew arranged for myself to be hidden behind some bushes paparazzi style (while I may add a few tourists were getting very suspicious of me) and when he walked the beach with Ladye, he was to go onto bended knee and propose to his then girlfriend, now fiance. The moments we captured for this sweet couple had me with tears in my eyes plus the the couple in the ocean watching the whole scenario couldn’t contain themselves as they applauded with excitement once Andrew picked Ladye up for a cuddle! Andrew and Ladye met in Cayman while they were both on holiday so it made sense to Andrew to propose to her here. Lets hope they come back for their wedding.:)The proposal happened just in front of WaterColours, a gorgeous stunning condo on Seven Mile Beach. Andrew asked Ladye if they could walk the beach to Royal Palms for dinner, and then popped the question! Ladye’s reaction was priceless!

Congratulations guys!!! Thank you for letting me capture your love story!

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Andrew down on one knee proposes to Ladye as a surprise

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The surprise proposal reaction as Ladye realizes she is engaged

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Love this happy couple as they react to their engagement

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Ladye sees her ring for the first time

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Ladye reacts to her ring!

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Andrew and Ladye are officially engaged

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Ladye is shown the photographer who has captured her reaction

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She said “of Course” !

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Andrew and Ladye are engaged

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Couple shots at WaterColours Grand Cayman Luxury Condo’s Seven Mile Beach

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The Ring!!

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Two very happy people! Andrew and Ladye are engaged

Cayman Islands Wedding | Grand Old House | Kimberly + Shawn

Kimberly and Shawn have know each other since middle school…. unbelievable! They decided to get married at the Grand Old House in the Cayman Islands and inviting their closest friends and family they pulled off an amazing event. Kimberly is a fashion designer so the dress was very important to her and she knew she wanted to have a dress with a beautiful back detail. Kimberly found this dress in a boutique in Columbus, OH called Trumpington Bridal. Her blue suede shoes she bought in 2009 while studying abroad in Paris. They were way outside of her college student budget but she needed to have them! She didn’t realize at the time that she had just bought her wedding shoes!

Venue: Grand Old House

Wedding Planner: Desiree Boeyen – Island Weddings & Events Ltd.

DJ: DJ Ralph

Dress Boutique and designer: Sincerity Bridal #3736

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west bay pier is one of my favourite places to go when we do wedding portraits

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How did you two meet?
Middle school gym class and we had a lot of mutual friends – many who attended our wedding!

How did he pop the question?
Although we had been together for a long time, moved halfway across the country together and bought a house — I was in no rush to get engaged. I was sooo surprised when Shawn got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
K: My dad’s speech. He’s a pretty quiet guy so I had no idea what to expect but he killed it!
S: The waves during the ceremony were crazy and crashing right over the railing. My sister read the first reading and it was about how love is as constant as these never ending waves — while the water was splashing all of us in the first row. I also liked feeding the fish at night and finally getting to eat cake after 3 months of my wedding diet.

Did you see each other before the wedding? If not, did you like waiting or would you have rather done it differently? Tell me why or why not!
Yes, we knew we wanted some beautiful shots around the island so we planned our bride and groom pictures to be before the ceremony. We were going to do a simple “first look” but I forgot to give Shawn instructions so he walked into the hotel room unannounced. Everyone starts yelling at him and then Rebecca asks, “Who’s that guy?” and I reply, “Ugh… the groom!”

 

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Desiree Boeyen Island Weddings & Events Ltd. – was AMAZING. When I tell you she took care of everything… I mean it! She organized and orchestrated every detail. I would send her photos of what I wanted and she would come back to me with options to choose from. It was fantastic especially when you are planning this wedding from the U.S.

Jason Moir and Dylan Beniot at Craft Food & Beverage – We had our welcome dinner at Craft Food & Beverage across the street from the Marriott hotel and it was amazing. The food, drinks and atmosphere was perfect. I gave them a budget and they handled everything else and I did not have to worry about a thing!

What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
Weather and spilling red wine on my dress. While getting my hair and makeup done the weather app on my phone said it was 100% chance of thunderstorms. It rained during the early afternoon on part of the island – so we drove with Rebecca to another part for our photos and it stayed dry for the rest of the ceremony and reception. As for the red wine…. I just stuck with white:-)

What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Be organized and realistic! We rated what top three things were most important to us and based everything off of that. My top request was to have Rebecca be our photographer, the fabric draped ceiling and the mini dessert table. Shawn really wanted the wish lanterns and to not go over budget:-)Also, don’t wedding plan while grumpy and/or hungry!

Modern Jewish Wedding Cover | Featured Wedding

So a few months ago we were asked to submit an image from a Jewish wedding that potentially could go on the cover of Modern Jewish Wedding magazine, so it was ran as a competition. When the finalists were announced I felt bad for the judges because everyone’s images were AMAZING. Photography is such an awesome art. So I was super excited when notification came that this image won as the cover. The shot is of Alaina and Aaron who were married last year at the Westin Hotel. They did a trash the dress session a few days later and wanted to jump off the rocks at Smiths Cove in South Sound Grand Cayman. It was so great to actually get the magazine in hand and read through the real life weddings. You can actually access the article online by clicking here.

competition for the cover had some amazing images

competition for the cover had some amazing images

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Full page article on the wedding of Alaina and Aaron
Full page article on the wedding of Alaina and Aaron at the Westin Grand Cayman, A huge thanks to Bouke (Mr. B) who helped second shoot this wedding and also did the underwater shot with the stingrays.
 

record breaking MJW readers for the contest to choose a cover

 

Cayman Islands Grand Old House Gatsby Themed Wedding | John + Kristen

It was such a pleasure to photograph Kristen and Johns wedding at the beautiful Grand Old House, Kristen’s attention to detail was incredible. I was thrilled when I saw how everything started to come together during the getting ready, as her sisters helped put on her custom made head band which was so unique and different. We headed off for some photos around the island and met back up with the bridal party at Camana Bay for some really fun photos with some over sized balloons. Then landed at Grand Old House for the ceremony, some emotional speeches, great food, awesome cake and a great party ending in wish lanterns.

Dress Boutique and designer: Mira couture – Chicago, IL

Venue: Grand Old House | Lisa….”The location is beautiful on it’s own and food was perfection. The service was excellent and so helpful.”

Planner: Cayman Island Weddings & Events Ltd. – Desiree Boeyen | Lisa… “Knowledgeable, organized, and professional. Helpful with every last detail, even with welcome dinner suggestions and other island information. Always willing to work with any ideas or suggestions that we had. She made everything perfect for our day.”

Flowers: The Flower Dell | Green and white hydrangea, Green trick dianthus, Phalaenopsis orchids, succulents  (Echeveria)

How did you two meet?
We lived in the same dormitory Freshmen year of college at Ohio University.

What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
The first look was amazing. There os so much anticipation for the wedding and all the planning that had been done. I had butterflies in my stomach the whole walk towards him, and when he turned around I forgot about everything else. We were both so overjoyed.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Stay calm, take your time, don’t worry about minor details, and enjoy every minute because it flies by!

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How long have you been together?
7 years

What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple?
Be yourself. Laugh, smile, and take in every minute.

Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?
I found the dress with my Mom and sister in August at Mira Couture in Chicago, IL. I knew I wanted something very different, and I was a bit nervous that I might not find it. Luckily, the boutique had many different styles. There was a small section of 1920′s-esque Gatsby styled dresses, and I knew that’s what I wanted. It was the first dress that I tried on. After that, it was great food and champagne to celebrate!

How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
More than we ever could have dreamed of. From Desiree and the Grand Old House, to the photography with Rebecca, and being surrounded by everyone we love, everything was perfect. It was the best day of our lives.

Did you find a store/site that had everything you were looking for? Use this space to talk about favorite shops. You can include where you got your dress, sites you got your veils/décor/accessories, etc.
Mira Couture: Chicago, IL – The staff was so kind and helpful during my dress search and fittings.
EnrichbyMillie via Etsy – my headpiece. Great service, easy to work with, beautiful products.

What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
I was nervous about not being ready on time. I decided to do my own makeup and hair, which added a bit of stress to the day. My sisters and sister-in-law were all there to help, and everything turned out great.

Grand Old House Wedding | Katy + Suren | Gorgeous Elegant Wedding Cayman Islands All The Way

The Grand Old House was the venue for Katy and Suren’s beautiful Cayman Islands wedding.

Location of Ceremony and Reception: Grand Old House

Cake Maker: Grand Old House

Pre-dressing Location: Seascape Villa – Private home on Seven Mile Beach

Wedding Planner: Five Star Events – Juliette Heath

DJ: OneWorld – Craig Urchyshyn

Dress Designer – Maggie Sottero

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridal Party Dresses: Donna Morgan in Seaglass

Invitations: Blue Glass Design out of Charleston, SC – Marisa Schaaf

Photographer: Rebecca Davidson Photography

Katy and Suren…”How would you describe your overall wedding experience?”“We really wanted to make our celebration a weekend event for our guests. For us, spending time with everyone was one of the most important things and the main reason behind a destination wedding. It truly was so fun! It felt like vacation with 70 of your favorite people… doesn’t get any better than that! We did a catamaran sail and snorkel with our guests which was one of our favorite things we were able to do. Between all of the wedding events, we were able to soak up the sun and enjoy Seven Mile Beach. We consider it the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean”

 

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How did you two meet?
We met while working at together in downtown Boston. We quickly became good friends, trying new restaurants and frequenting local concerts. We began spending more and more time with each other and finally decided to start dating. Working together held us back at first, but we realized how much we meant to each other and decided it was well worth it and we were right.
 How did he pop the question?
We were on a trip to Belize for the New Year holiday in 2014. Suren proposed the last day of our trip. I joined him on the rooftop terrace of our villa for breakfast and when I got to the top of the stairs he dropped down on one knee. I was SO surprised! And so, so happy. It was the sweetest thing. Later when I asked why he waited until the last day, he said he really wanted us to end the trip on a high note. We certainly did! We celebrated all day and then headed home to share the exciting news with family and friends.
 How long have you been together?
We’ve known each other for 7 years and have been dating for 3.5
 What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
We loved when we asked for volunteers to take a group shot out on the rocks and ALL of our guests came out for the shot. Rebecca climbing up and perching on the top of the ladder to capture the shot was amazing. Standing there, in front of a gorgeous sunset with our closest friends and family by our side was unreal. We also loved our first look in Camana Bay. Oh.. and the dancing! We wish it never ended!

What advice would you offer to other couples planning a destination wedding?

Go with the flow. It’s going to be beautiful no matter what, so don’t over think the small stuff!
What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple?
Try to relax and be yourself! Book a photographer like Rebecca who makes you feel comfortable and almost as much fun with it as you do.

Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?

I got my dress at Alexandra’s Boutique – I knew I wanted lace and I wanted a simple shape. I tried on a lot of different styles, but wanted something light for the beach. When I put this gown on I just felt so comfortable and confident. I just knew!
How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day?
We had a great time. You did such a good job balancing between being there and giving direction and also allowing us to enjoy small moments as a couple. We loved hanging out with you and chatting about Grand Cayman. It’s so easy to tell that you absolutely love your job!

Did you see each other before the wedding? If not, did you like waiting or would you have rather done it differently? Tell me why or why not!

We saw each other before and did a first look. It was nice to have the time with one another prior to the wedding. It allows you to take your time and enjoy that moment while taking some photos without everyone around. After the wedding you want photos, but you’re also ready to mingle with guests and have a glass of champagne! I was glad we decided on doing some photos before hand.
Any tips on how to prepare for the wedding photos?
Wear your sunscreen and stand up straight! The only photos I don’t love are the ones where I’m not standing up straight. We wore plenty of SPF to make sure we weren’t sun burnt for photos and didn’t have any funny tan lines.

Any tips that you have about preparing your wedding party for the photos? What did you tell them, how did you get them to cooperate, what did you do or what would you have done differently?

We didn’t tell them anything! We left that up to you!
 Any tips on what to bring?
Try not to bring too much. It’s going to be beautiful no matter what, so don’t sweat the small stuff.
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Accommodations for the week – Seascape Villa
Wedding Venue – Grand Old House
Invitations – Blue Glass Design out of Charleston, SC. The artist is Marisa Schaaf. All of her designs are custom and her calligraphy is all done by hand. We did a custom map and used letter press for our invitation suite. They were amazing. We love her!Bridal Gown – Maggie Sottero
Shoes – Badgley MischkaBridal Party Dresses – Donna Morgan in Seaglass

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I got a LOT of decoration type stuff on Etsy. I loved using Etsy and buying from smaller artists from all over the world. The bridal party robes came from a woman in India and the escort holders from Croatia. We also had some paper goods done by some girls in the US.We also got some things from Anthropologie’s BHLDN website. Their stuff is adorable.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?

Take time to stop and look around. The time goes by so quickly. Take a breath, look at what’s going on around you and enjoy!

What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?

Our first dance was to “Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. We did a combo – Mother/Son and Father/Daughter and danced to “Stand by Me”. I cried through both!
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